William M. Daley– son of legendary Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, brother of current mayor Richard M. Daley, US commerce secretary from 1997 to 2000, chairman of Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, co-chairman of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and a Catholic– has harshly criticized Cardinal Francis George for opposing the University of Notre Dame’s decision to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree. “Cardinal Francis George recently said this invitation is an embarrassment to Catholics because the president disagrees with church doctrine on abortion and stem-cell research,” writes Daley. “But I believe Cardinal George’s stand is an embarrassment to Chicago Catholics and furthers the divide among the church, its members and the rest of America.”
I guess that explains the petition with over 234,000 thousand signatures condemning Cardinal George – oh wait the petition is a against the Presidents invite. Rather funny about a Daley discussing what is an embarrassment to Chicago.